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Doc Savage (1988 series) #2 Comic Book

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Dead Fall: The Discord Makers, Part 2

Date of Publication
December 1988
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Dennis O'Neil
Rod Wigham
Steve Montano
Petra Scotese
Adam Kubert
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

Doc Savage manages to avert the destruction of their aircraft by jettisoning the solar energy collector, which takes the blast while the aircraft rockets to safety. In Washington, Ham has been arrested for the murder of Senator Frinkle. Monk meets with him, then with the investigating detective, and manages to solve the crime: the killer is Senator Combs, nephew of ex-saboteur Albert Jastrik, who seemed to have inherited his uncle’s madness. Combs killed Frinkle because the latter was trying to stop Doc Savage from being hired for the arms treaty assignment; Monk knocks him out and delivers him to the police. In Russia, the vacationing Colonel Anton Ivanovitch is recalled to Moscow. Meanwhile, Doc takes Shoshanna on a mission to rescue Chip, who has disappeared in the Himalayas. On the way Shoshanna has an odd vision of an alien city being destroyed and a spaceship landing on the moon, a vision so intense it causes her to scream. Arriving at their destination, Doc uses high-tech means to try to find Chip, and discovers a hidden door in a mountainside. Chip is inside a secret futuristic lab, and his captor, revealed to be a giant robot, forces young Savage into a spaceship. Doc manages to open the door with a burst of gamma radiation in time to see the spaceship hurtling toward him. He rams the alien craft with his copter and both ships are carried high into the air. Tremors shake the two ships, causing the alien craft to break up, hurling Chip into a deadfall.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
a) Doc is revealed to be a skeptic about the paranormal; b) the Fortress of Solitude is described as being in Antarctica; c) a picture of Shoshanna on page 10 is repeated four more times in page 12; d) continuity problem: the knife clearly left sticking in the murder victim at the end of issue #1 is now said to have been taken by the killer; e) issue includes a letters column.

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By Peter Silvestro
Another development in the story arc, as the mystery plot is wrapped up (maybe a bit too quickly) and the first hints of the science-fiction direction are introduced with Shoshanna’s first vision. The issue serves also to introduce and establish the roguish Anton Ivanovitch, preparing the way for his major involvement later. Wigham’s and Montano’s art takes off with the beautiful alien scenes, as well as showcasing their command of subtle facial expressions: see the top of page 9 for an example.

Score: 3 (out of 5)